Leadership Day

May 14-15, 2024

Overview of Leadership Day

Welcome to Leadership Day 2024, the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) annual two-day advocacy event held in Washington, D.C. that enables ACP to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and strengthen the voice of the internal medicine community in discussing issues of interest and concern with U.S. lawmakers. We have an exciting program and experience in store for you including educational briefings from ACP staff on the key policies you will be discussing with lawmakers as well as advocacy tips on how to present ACP’s Leadership Day issues to your members of Congress, an awards program, and briefings from lawmakers. The second day of the event is dedicated to meetings with your lawmakers. See agenda details here and some FAQs regarding event logistics. The event will be held at the Westin Washington, DC Downtown Hotel which is a short metro or taxi ride to Congressional offices.

ACP National will schedule ALL congressional meetings for attendees and chapters. Our scheduler, Soapbox Consulting, will make every effort to choregraph meeting schedules so attendees will have enough time to get from one meeting to the next without feeling rushed.

ACP's Advocacy Priorities and Expectations

With the November elections right around the corner, members of Congress will be looking to recess early this year to campaign, so we have limited time to get our priority issues passed this year. It is important that ACP members meet with their members of Congress during Leadership Day and at home to stress the importance of them prioritizing issues that affect physicians and their patients.

Key Priority Issues for Leadership Day

This year Leadership Day priorities will focus on advocating for legislation to reduce administrative burden on physicians, support physician payment, improve access to care for patients, strengthen the physician workforce and reduce the burden of student debt.

The Role of Chapters and ACP Members

The involvement of our chapters and our ACP advocates is vital to the effectiveness of our advocacy efforts, and that includes your participation in Leadership Day. This event is our most critical advocacy event of the year, providing you the opportunity to learn about and advocate for legislation that directly impacts internal medicine physicians and their patients, have valuable meetings with lawmakers, and most importantly provide your real-world perspective as a physician on how policies being contemplated by Congress impact your patients. Your voice and your involvement, as constituents, in the legislative process can make all the difference in your lawmakers’ decision whether to support or oppose a given policy proposal. As always, we appreciate the time that you take away from your practice, your patients, and your family to be here in Washington advocating with us for the greater good.

For other information or questions about Leadership Day, please contact Shuan Tomlinson, Associate, State Health Policy & Grassroots at 1-800-338-2746, Ext. 4547 or by email at stomlinson@acponline.org. Chapter participation in Leadership Day and the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn) program are the bedrocks of ACP’s advocacy program. Thank you for your chapter's support and we look forward to seeing you at Leadership Day!


NOTE: All times below EDT

Tuesday, May 14

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President

Isaac O. Opole, MBChB, PhD, MACP

Marianne C. Parshley, MD, FACP
President, ACP Services, Inc.

Angela C. Johnson, MD, FACP
Chair, Board of Governors

10:30 a.m. – 11:55 p.m.

Using Leadership Day as the Centerpiece for Year-Round Activity

  • Plenary Panel (30 minutes): Increasing and sustaining member engagement in advocacy
  • Breakout Sessions (45 minutes):
    • Hot topics in state advocacy
    • Foundational skills for advocacy: making the most of whatever time you have for effective engagement
    • Expanding your influence: learn how to work in coalitions, participate in hearings, and leverage communications tools
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


The Power of Advocacy to Impact Change Isaac O. Opole, MBChB, PhD, MACP President
Dan Smith, Founder and President, AdvocacySmiths
Molly Daniels, Strategic Advisor, AdvocacySmiths

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

A Deep Dive on Leadership Day Issues
Shari Erickson, MPH
ACP Senior Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Advocacy Workshop: Making the Most of Your Hill Meetings
David Pugach, JD
Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Congressional Staff Panel: Understanding the Current Landscape
George Lyons, JD, MBA, Director, Legislative Affairs, ACP
Anirudh Srirangam, Health care policy advisor
Senate Budget Committee, Majority staff
Jay Gulshen, Senior Health Advisor
House Ways and Means Committee Majority
Afton Cissell, Deputy Chief of Staff
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony
Angela C. Johnson, MD, FACP
Chair, Board of Governors
Raminder Gill, MD, FACP
Chair, ACP Services PAC

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Meeting Preparation
Shuan Tomlinson
Associate, State Health Policy and Grassroots Advocacy
Christopher Kush, MPP
CEO, Soapbox Consulting

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome to Washington Reception hosted by ACP Services, Inc. Political Action Committee (PAC); Open to 2024 ACP Services PAC members only

Wednesday, May 15

7:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Opening Remarks
William E. Fox, MD, MACP
Chair, Board of Regents
Senator Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS)
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Congressional Meetings

ACP Amenity Center Open
25 Massachusetts Ave., NW – First Floor


The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Claim your CME credit at https://online2.snapsurveys.com/u2dlc4. This survey/CME claim link will go live at noon on May 15, 2024.

Audio-visual costs sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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ACP Vaccination and Masking Policy


Currently, the District of Columbia community level of COVID-19 is rated “Low” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. Under these community conditions, masking is not required, but ACP encourages masking as a caring precaution to protect each other. If you choose not to mask, please be respectful of others and their level of comfort and be mindful of proximity to those who may not be comfortable without masking due to their personal risk assessment. Every precaution allowable will be taken during meals at the event to help ensure the health and safety of attendees. Dining with the group is a choice based on each individual’s comfort level. 


ACP expects everyone who participates in-person at Leadership Day to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines per the CDC’s recommendations. Up-to-date means having received all doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible, which will be different depending on age, health status, what vaccine was received first and when. A second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date. Anyone who will not be up to date at the time of the event should contact ACP beforehand to discuss their situation and ACP will determine whether or not they may attend.